Rod Griffin

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Rod Griffin
Rod Griffin Bulldogs.jpg
Personal information
Full name Rodney Griffin[1]
Born (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 31)
Papua New Guinea
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Lock, Second-row, Prop

Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–17 Papua New Guinea 13 3 0 0 12
As of 19 November 2017
Source: [2]

Rodney Griffin (born 5 January 1987) is a Papua New Guinean professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Townsville Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup. A Papua New Guinean international,[3] he plays at lock, second-row and prop.


Born in Papua New Guinea, Griffin moved to Australia at the age of 3[4] and played his junior rugby league for the Atherton Roosters, before going into the North Queensland Cowboys' academy system.[5]

Playing career

Early career

In 2005, Griffin played for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup.[4] In 2006, he moved down to Sydney, New South Wales to play in the Wests Tigers' junior grades.[6][7]


In October and November, Griffin played 3 games for Papua New Guinea against Wales, and France twice.[8]


In 2008, Griffin returned to the Queensland Cup to play for the Northern Pride RLFC.[9] In October and November, he played 3 games for Papua New Guinea at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup against England, New Zealand and Australia.[10][11][12]


In 2009, Griffin had hopes of gaining a contract with the North Queensland Cowboys.[13]


On 19 September, Griffin played in the Pride's 2010 Queensland Cup Grand Final win over the Norths Devils.[14] In October and November, he played 3 games for Papua New Guinea at the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations against Australia, New Zealand and England.[15]


In 2011, Griffin joined the Tweed Heads Seagulls.[16][17] On 25 September, he played in the Seagulls' 2011 Queensland Cup Grand Final loss to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. This was his third Queensland Cup grand final in a row, after losing with the Pride in 2009 and winning with the Pride in 2010.[4]


After spotting him in the Papua New Guinea camp while assistant coaching the side in 2010, Ipswich Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker signed Griffin to the Ipswich side, after initially missing out on him in 2010.[4][18] The Walkers stripped 10 kilograms from his frame and moulded him into an 80-minute middle forward[5] capable of performances like 309 metres in 66 minutes in Queensland Cup.[4]

Griffin playing for the Tigers in 2016


In 2015, Griffin did a pre-season with the Brisbane Broncos,[1] but failed to gain a contract. On 27 September, he played in the Jets' 2015 Queensland Cup Grand Final win over the Townsville Blackhawks.[19][20] On 4 October, he played in the Jets' 2015 NRL State Championship win over the Newcastle Knights, scoring a try and setting up a try for winger Marmin Barba.[21] On 13 October, he signed a 1-year contract to return to the Wests Tigers starting in 2016.[22]


On 7 May, Griffin played for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2016 Melanesian Cup.[23] Despite not being able to break into the Tigers' NRL team for 2016, he re-signed with them for 2017.[24]


On 8 February, Griffin was granted a release for his Tigers' contract to join the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, spending the entire season in the New South Wales Cup. At the end of the season, he represented Papua New Guinea at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and was named in the NSW Cup Team of the Year.


After two seasons in Sydney without making his NRL debut, Griffin returned to north Queensland, joining the Townsville Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup.[25]


  1. ^ a b "Brisbane Broncos Sign PNG International Rodney Griffin aka "Rod the Bod"". 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Rod Griffin - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1987-01-05. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Rod Griffin". Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Intrust Super Cup Grand Final : Rod Griffin Creates History". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Broncos lifeline for PNG journeyman". 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  6. ^ "A week im the NRL 10/08 - 16/08/06 - Page 2". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Harold Matthews, SG Ball, Jersey Flegg to Premier League teams were present to receive awards ranging from best and fairest to player of the year, OURFOOTYTEAM.COM - THE HOME OF JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE, Rugby League Results, Rugby League Ladders, Rugby League Draw, JRLFC, NRL, NSWRL, ARL, CSDJRL, SHARKS". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby League | Rugby League World Cup squads". BBC News. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  11. ^ "PNG name preliminary squad". 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Wilshere handed Kumuls captaincy". BBC. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Ricketts, Steve (2010-09-19). "Northern Pride beat Norths Devils in Intrust Super Cup final at Suncorp Stadium". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Griffin expected to return". Tweed Daily News. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  17. ^ Round 1 Queensland Intrust Super Cup Preview Archived 3 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine., 18 March 2011
  18. ^ "Jets Cup hopes back on track | Ipswich Queensland Times". 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  19. ^ "Historic win for Jets in Intrust Super Cup final | Ipswich Queensland Times". 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  20. ^ "Intrust Super Cup Grand Final preview". 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  21. ^ Brett Keeble (2015-10-04). "Ipswich Jets shoot down Newcastle Knights to win NRL State Championship Final". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  22. ^ "Wests Tigers secure three forwards | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  23. ^ "PNG stuns Fiji in a thriller". Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  25. ^

External links

  • Canterbury Bulldogs profile
  • Ipswich Jets profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
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